Virtues

““Virtues are not far from you, but are for you and within you… And so, if we begin walking the path of righteousness earnestly, we must intensify our struggle, so that we may attain the virtues that are set before us… Because virtue is within us and arises from us, therefore willing it is all that is required from us, for it is written “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17: 21).” (Life of Anthony part 20, and Letter 4)”

““And so if the devils were to praise your asceticism and call you blessed, do not incline to them… For many a time they glorified me, and so I would admonish them by the Lord’s name” Life of Anthony, 34, 38”

from “St Anthony: A Biblical Ascetic” by Matthew the Poor

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